Ferguson confident of bringing Zaha to Man Utd but faces FA charge

Sir Alex Ferguson did not join the Manchester United players on their training camp trip to Qatar, the Guardian has reported, with the manager believed to have remained in England to tie up a deal to sign Crystal Palace youngster Wilfried Zaha.

Ferguson is also facing a charge from the Football Association after being asked to explain his comments regarding Simon Beck, the assistant referee who failed to award United a penalty for a challenge on Wayne Rooney in United’s 1-1 draw with Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday.

The Scot not only criticised Beck’s performance but dredged up incidents from the past involving the assistant and United, claiming that Beck did not award United a single decision in the match at White Hart Lane and blaming Beck for a Chelsea goal scored by Didier Drogba almost three years ago.

On Zaha, Palace have long insisted the 20-year-old is not for sale but United appear to have put together a package that will tempt the Championship side into a transfer, including loaning Zaha back to the London club for the rest of the season and offering Ian Holloway’s side two further loan signings to aid their promotion chase.

Zaha has made 31 appearances for Palace this season, scoring five goals, as Palace push for a return to the Premier League. They are currently fourth in the Championship, two points adrift of automatic promotion. Zaha, meanwhile, made his senior England debut in November, appearing as a substitute against Sweden.

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